I'm not saying the Twins should go after Verlander specifically, but with Perkins, Santiago, Belisle, Breslow and surely Gibson coming off the books, the Twins are shedding 20.70M in five pitchers of which only one of whom has even been remotely useful this year.
They don't have to spend it all in one place (though I'd vote they do) but they better be spending it somewhere. And I really hate the nickle and dime, quantity over quality approach to free agency.
They're also shedding the 4M or what-not they're paying Garcia to pitch for the Yankees. Which makes me think they are more open any and all options. At least more open than they used to be.
Agreed about the money part but I'm not ready to risk the 2018 season on Verlander's arm, which is a real possibility if you acquire that contract and give up Gonsalves and Gordon.
If you have Verlander's contract, okay. So you're not going to spring for a real pitcher in FA because you already have $50m tied up in Verlander and Mauer.
You no longer have the option of Gonsalves to fill out the rotation if things go badly.
You no longer have the option of Gordon if Polanco takes a step back and you no longer have the option of trading Dozier this offseason.
Which means you run out close to the same team in 2018, only the payroll is a lot higher now.
That's a gamble I'd be willing to take if the Tigers are eager to shed salary and take a smaller prospect deal... but not for both Gonsalves and Gordon.